Loving the Christmas SOUL

Loving the Christmas SOUL!

We are spiritual beings, we are physical beings.  In Jesus, our SPIRIT has been reborn and is in full communion with the Risen Savior!  Our BODY, on the other hand, is fallen beyond repair (like Humpty Dumpty…!) and is slowly—or rapidly—deteriorating…

Caught in the middle is our mind, will, and emotions—our SOUL.  Our souls are being transformed from dull and dirty into mirror-likenesses of Jesus as… we… spend… time… with… Him!  A transformed soul is the most beautiful and eternal gift of Christmas—it is the proof that we both know personally and spend time with the One born in a manger!

Christmas should therefore be the season of the year most marked by soul transformation as we spend time with the One who is Immanuel—the God who came to dwell with us!  Funny, it doesn’t seem to work out that way often…

We were at Sam’s the other day, and a woman on a scooter cut in front of me on the way to the cash register.  I said, “excuse me,” though she had cut me off, because that is what I was taught to do.   I overheard her begin complaining to everyone within ear shot about how rude people are and how they keep getting in her way.  Five minutes later, I walked back by that part of the store, and she was still grouching to the register clerk.  That precious woman may be suffering from a little too much Sam’s time and not enough Soul time in the Lord’s presence…

Here is the problem:  Our fallen nature compels us to seek for a satisfaction in the physical realm that can only be found in the Spiritual realm.  Our spirit longs for the things of Jesus.  Our body lusts for the things of instant gratification.  Our soul goes along with whichever part it allows to be in charge…

It is our Soul—the seat of our Free Will—that decides whether spirit-love or body-lust rules the roost.  Irony of all ironies, Christmas time seems to bring out the worst of carnal desires and lusts and gluttonies and covet-ness as we overeat and overspend and over-focus on self—even as we celebrate the ultimate gift of selflessness…

Christmas, as much or more than any other time of year, should call us to that “secret place” of prayer and worship in the Father’s presence where our souls are transformed from glory to glory until we reflect Jesus perfectly.

Yet cultural Christmas demands so much of us in terms of time and focus that there is precious little time for Jesus.  Our spirit starves, our body grows fat and sassy, and our soul reflects poorly at best the Glory of the King…

So should we fast all Christmas, refuse to decorate, and not buy any gifts?  Should we claim that Christmas is a “pagan” holiday and give ourselves permission to judge others in the name of our supposed “holiness?”  Nope.  But let ALL our physical joys—all the great food and all the beautiful decorations and all the well-chosen gifts REFLECT the joy our spirit knows in Jesus as our soul decides to make time for HIM in the midst of it all…!


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